GORHAM, Maine – With a strong seven inning outing from senior Matt Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) and a combined five runs over the middle innings, 21st/22nd ranked baseball stayed alive in the Little East Conference Tournament as they defeated Keene State College by the final of 6-3 Friday afternoon at Ed Flaherty Field.
#21/22 UMass Boston 6, Keene State College3
UMass Boston (31-11)
Keene State College (15-23)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the win, the Beacons will now face UMass Dartmouth at approximately 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.
Tulley's game-winning performance lasted seven complete innings and consisted of seven strikeouts. He allowed three runs, all earned, on seven hits and walked just three batters. Chris Munro (Marshfield, Mass.) earned his first save of the year after a commanding performance over the final two innings, in-which he did not allow a hit, and retired all six batters he faced.
At the plate, the Beacons bats finally came alive, with Dan Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) continued to swing his strong bat as he drove in a pair on two hits, while also reaching home once. Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) finished with a pair of double and had two runs scored.
After a tough single inning loss to UMass Dartmouth to start off their day, the Beacons bounced back in a big way against the Owls. The Beacons could have gotten on the board in the first inning, but had to settle for just one run through the first three innings. UMB nearly picked-up a second run in the top of the third, but were cut down at the plate by a great throw from the right fielder.
Keene State tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth on a ground out RBI. In the fifth, UMB pushed their lead to three to make 4-1. Josh Lopez (New Haven, Conn.) led off the inning with a walk, and quickly moved into scoring position on a single by Mantoni. A Boudrias double down the left field line plated Lopez, while Mantoni moved over to third. Mantoni would reach home on a sac-fly by Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.), while Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) knocked-in UMB's fourth run of the day on a double to left field.
The Beacons then made it a 6-1 ball game thanks to a passed ball, and a great heads-up play by Lopez as he scored on a ground out to the third baseman.
For the Owls, Andrew Houde lasted just 4.1 innings and allowed four runs, all earned, on 10 hits.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the single, Fowler has now tied the program record for hits in a consecutive game with 34. Steve Coffey ('90) hit safely in 34 straight between the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
- With the win the Beacons went 3-0 against the Owls in 2017
- UMB has now won nine of their last 10 meetings with Keene State
- The postseason meeting between the Beacons and Owls was the first since the 2012 season, in-which Keene earned a 6-5 win
- Tulley became the fourth pitcher during the Little East Tournament to go seven or more innings.
- With the win, UMass Boston moved into second-place in program history with their 31 wins in a single-season. The 2012 team went 32-17 and went to the College World Series.
- Boudrias has recorded five hits and five RBI in his past two games.
The Beacons will face UMass Dartmouth at approximately 3:30 pm today. If the Beacons win they will advance to championship Saturday, while a loss will eliminate them from the tournament.